No. 13 Bloemendal – Durbanville

Wine farm number 13 is Bloemendal wine estate in Durbanville.

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The wine tasting room is a little gem!
Many people know about the restaurant but if you drive a little further down the path, you will get to a bike trail and the tasting room.

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It is great for a sunny day because you can enjoy the rolling green lawn and sit under the trees.

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You can even ask for a blanket to sit on the grass. This is great if you have small children or want to relax with friends.

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You can’t see much of a view, but the sounds of the birds in the trees are enough 🙂

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I love the colours in this photo. Look at that colour! My ultimate favourite Malbec! 😍
Bloemendal Waterlily Malbec is not on the tasting list but I suggest you ask for it to try. Only R80 a bottle. It is incredibly dry with full berry and cigar box flavors.

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The Bloemendal Waterlily Merlot 2014 has spent 16 months in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels.
On the palate it was soft and smooth, bursting with red berry fruit flavors. Great for a lunch time roast, pizza or pasta. But I enjoyed it even on its own.

A great every day wine. R80 a bottle.

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The Waterlily Sauvignon Blanc is light and cheerful. We tried the 2016 which had just been bottled.
It is very lemony and you can certainly smell the goosseberry and tropical fruit.
What a lovely summer wine for only R70 a bottle.

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Have you ever tried a Shiraz Rosé?
This is a nice dry wine to pair with sushi because it is low in alcohol has good acidity. Think violet blossoms and cherries on the nose.
R60 a bottle.

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If it is cold outside, there is an elegant inside area.

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The waitrons that serve the wine tasting are very knowledgeable.
The service is a bit slow if it is busy so if you go, be prepared to relax there for the day.

 

You can choose from two different wine tastings.

The Super Premium range (Waterlily) at R40 for 4 tastings.

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The Ultra Premium range at R60 for 4 wines.

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This has got to be one of the best white wines I have ever tasted!
The Bloemendal Suider Terras 2014, Sauvignon Blanc.
Fynbos, herbs and lime flavors are prevelant. The Durbanville wine route is known to produce exceptional Terroir wines with Sauvignon Blanc being some of the best in South Africa.
R200 a bottle.

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Award winning wines.

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At the back of the tasting room, there are MTB trails which you should check out if you are a bike lover.

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If you get hungry like I did, you can walk across the road to the restaurant and have some great sushi 🙂

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OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
75% 80% 70% 77% 71%


Best for smaller groups of people (2-6 people) however, if you are willing to sit on the grass and wait for service, then you can bring more.
Suitable for smaller children. Around the corner at the restaurant there is an extensive jungle gym however this is out of eye sight of the tasting room.

Click HERE to view the ranking of this farm against others I have already reviewed.
Booking is not necessary. First come, first served.

Good in Winter but better in Summer.

visit: http://www.bloemendalwines.co.za/heritage.php

Trading Hours:
Mon – Fri 07h30 – 17h00
Closed on Christian religious holidays.
Closed on 24,25 & 26 December.

Contact Number: 021 976 2682

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View ratings on trip advisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Attraction_Review-g1057715-d8792178-Reviews-Bloemendal_Wine_Estate-Durbanville_Western_Cape.html

 

Here is my experience:

 

 

 

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